Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement for OESF Forest Land Plan

Public comment accepted through December 16.  Two public meetings scheduled. OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the release of the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Revised Draft EIS) for the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) Forest Land Plan. The Revised Draft EIS replaces the Draft EIS for the OESF that was published in 2010. DNR made many improvements based on further analysis and a careful review of the comments received.

The Revised Draft EIS may be viewed HERE.

Two public meetings are scheduled to answer questions and provide information about the Revised Draft EIS.

Public Meetings
Where:        Forks
When:        November 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Address:    DNR Region Office Conference Room
                   411 Tillicum Lane
       Forks, WA 98331

Where:        Olympia
When:        November 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Address:    Natural Resources Building, Room 172
      1111 Washington Street SE
                   Olympia, WA 98501

SEPA Comment Period Ends December 16
The public is invited to provide comments on the Revised Draft EIS through DNR’s SEPA Center by 5:00 p.m. on December 16.

More information is on the factsheet located in the first section of the Draft EIS. The public may share their thoughts by sending their comments to:
Washington State Department of Natural Resources SEPA Center
1111 Washington St. SE
MS: 47015
Olympia, WA 98504-7015

Phone: 360-902-1739
Fax: 360-902-1789

Background
The Revised Draft EIS for the OESF examines the potential significant impacts to the environment from two management alternatives being considered for the 250,000 acres of state trust lands on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula in Clallam and Jefferson counties. DNR’s proposed forest land plan for the OESF will provide foresters and managers with information they need to prepare site-specific management proposals to meet DNR’s objectives for the OESF. This draft plan will assist DNR in sustainably managing these working trust forests to earn revenue for the state’s public schools and other trust beneficiaries, while providing diverse habitat for native fish and wildlife.